10/24/14 5:26pm

REMINDERPlease consider sharing a photo of your own pet by emailing it to me at lee[at]redbricktown[dot]us or drop it in our Flickr Pool. Please let us know the name of your pet and the neighborhood where you live.

We Alexandrians L O V E love our pets. For today’s pet photo of the day, here is our Bea soaking up some sun this afternoon. Bea lives with us in the Carlyle neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.

Your extraordinary Friday Pet Photo of the Day

10/24/14 5:14pm
This is a Library?

Image via Lia, on Flickr

On Tuesday, November 4, there will be a General Election for U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution. Alexandrians who qualify to vote absentee may cast an absentee ballot in person at the Beatley Library or the Office of Voter Registration. Voters may also request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

Absentee Voting in Person

To cast an in-person absentee ballot, go to either site listed below during the scheduled hours. The deadline for casting an absentee ballot in person is Saturday, November 1, at 5 p.m.

Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304:

  • October 25                  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 27-30             1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • October 31                  1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • November 1                10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Office of Voter Registrations and Elections, 132 N. Royal St, #100, Alexandria, VA 22314:

  • October 24-25             8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • October 27-30             8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • October 31                  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • November 1                8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Absentee Voting By Mail

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28. Absentee ballot applications are available online at alexandriava.gov/Elections, or by contacting the Alexandria Voter Registration Office at 703.746.4050. The signed application may be returned in person, or by mail, fax (703-838-6449) or email (VoteAbsentee@alexandriava.gov).

Photo ID Requirements for Absentee Voting

Virginia’s new photo ID requirements apply to voters who cast an absentee ballot in person. They do not apply to voters who request an absentee ballot by mail.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • Valid Virginia Driver’s License or DMV-issued Photo Identification Card
  • Valid United States Passport or Passport Card
  • Valid Military ID
  • Other government-issued photo ID card (from the U.S. Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a local government within Virginia)
  • Valid student photo ID card from an institution of higher education in Virginia
  • Valid employee photo ID card

Voters who do not have acceptable identification may apply for an ID (and receive a temporary ID) at the same time they come to cast their in-person absentee ballot.

There are many reasons registered voters may qualify to vote absentee, for example, if they are:

  • Away on business, vacation, active military service, or at school.
  • Working and commuting for 11 or more hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day.
  • A “first responder” (firefighter, law enforcement, emergency medical technician).
  • Physically unable to go to the polls, or a primary caregiver for a family member who is ill.

For sample ballots and more information on absentee voting, seealexandriava.gov/Elections or call 703.746.4050.

Election Day Voting

On Tuesday, November 4 all regular polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Anna Leider, General Registrar, at 703.746.4050 or anna.leider@alexandriava.gov.

10/24/14 4:55pm
Potomac Yard Metro - Alternative B

Image via the City of Alexandria

If not, its pretty obvious what the choice will be. You can find our previous posts on this topic at this link.

I was going to write a LONG summary of last night’s meeting but, fantastic Michael Neibauer at the Washington Business Journal already posted  a terrific summary of the meeting last night.

Alexandria has not reached a conclusion as to where it will recommend putting the Potomac Yard Metro station, but the numbers suggest there’s a leader in the clubhouse.

It is Alternative B, the preferred choice of the area’s largest landowners, and the option that would generate the most jobs, the most new development and the most new tax revenue.

The city expects to have a draft Environmental Impact Statement completed by November, which will include a preferred local alternative. It will be released first to various local and federal agencies for several months of review and comment, and then to the public. A public hearing is likely to follow in April, with a formal record of decision coming in early 2016.

Read more at this link.

Option B would bring more jobs according to city staff because the location of the station would allow more density. Option B would also mean a mitigation agreement would need to be worked out between the City and the National Park Service as well given that Option B would take up approx. 7,000 sq feet of Park Service land.

You can find last night’s presentation, which includes a detailed cost analysis of all the remaining alternatives, and more information at this link.

10/24/14 3:44pm

The cops of the Alexandria Police Department do a fantastic job protecting our community (see this linkthis link, this link and this link for examples).

Shouldn’t they be paid like it? You see, the Police Department has a retention problem which wastes taxpayer dollars. They can’t keep good cops around. Everyone recognizes the problem, from the Police Department to City Hall folks that I have talked to. But, will anyone do anything about it?


10/24/14 12:21pm


This is an update to this post.

7-Eleven has responded to the incident from the West End of Alexandria after investigating. The customer in question had been banned from the store.

“Unfortunately, this video neglects to tell the whole story and is clearly meant to create unrest and misdirect anger,” a spokesperson for 7-Eleven said in an email today. “We have video that has been turned over to local law enforcement of the individual who was not served and who was stealing from the store several times, causing disruption in the store and intimidating other customers. Neither race or racism was a factor in what happened in that video. The franchisee for this store, herself, is Black/African-American, and during the incident on tape another African-American customer was served. We explained this to the Caucasian lady who purchased the chips. She was sorry that she was outspoken against the employees and was sympathetic to their predicament.”

10/24/14 11:55am

Wegmans at Hilltop Village Shopping Center

This is an update to this post, this post, and this post.

The new Wegmans will have a restaurant as part of the store. Some of the Alexandria references should have said ‘Aexandria area’ shouldn’t they?

Via Press Release

Wegmans Food Markets begins recruitment of full-time positions today for its new Alexandria store in Fairfax County, set to open mid-year in 2015. Available full-time openings include everything from customer service and entry- level management to restaurant and culinary positions. The Alexandria store will employ approximately 550 people, 500 of whom will be hired locally. Of these, there are 200 full-time positions to be filled. Hiring for part-time positions will begin at a later date.

Full-time job applicants are invited to apply online at www.wegmans.com or call 1-877-WEGMANS (934-6267) for more information. Applications will not be not accepted at the store or construction site, nor will interviews be conducted there. Wegmans plans to begin scheduling interviews at their Kingstowne employment office later this fall.

“Alexandria is a foodie community and we’re eager to build our team with people who love food and have a passion for helping others,” said Mike Dempsey, Alexandria store manager and 20-year veteran with the company. “Wegmans is consistently ranked one of the country’s best places to work and we attribute that to meeting the needs of our employees by offering flexible scheduling, competitive pay and benefits, and a fun, friendly atmosphere.”

The Alexandria Wegmans, a 126,000 square-foot supermarket, will be part of Hilltop Village Center, a retail and office complex located at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Beulah Street. In addition to restaurant-quality prepared foods for which Wegmans is known, the Alexandria location will be the first in Virginia to feature The Pub by Wegmans, a full-service restaurant within the store.

Once the Alexandria store opens, Wegmans will have created over 3,650 jobs in Virginia since opening its Sterling location in 2004. That number will continue to increase in the coming years with at least three new stores slated to open: one in Charlottesville and two in the Greater Richmond area.

“We continue to expand in this region and promote from within, so there are tremendous opportunities to grow a career with us,” said Dempsey. “We provide the most in-depth product, customer service, and culinary training in the industry to ensure that our employees are well prepared to help our customers make great meals easy.”